21 Jan 2021 | Amateur golf |
Four for Kai, Wong goes back-to-back
by Martin Blake
Queensland's Kai Komulainen continued his incredible run of victories while Jeneath Wong went back-to-back at the Victorian Junior Amateur at The National (Long Island) today.
Komulainen, 15, took out the boys' title by two shots to secure his fourth trophy in 2021 alone.
An Emerald Lakes product, he previously won the South Australian and Tasmanian Junior Amateur crowns, as well as the Tasmanian Junior Masters, all inside the first three weeks of January, and he was runner-up at the South Australian Junior Masters as well.
His rounds of 69-75-70-72 allowed him to hold off the fast-finishing Samuel Bakes (The National), who closed with a 67 today. Komulainen also won the under 16 trophy.
Wong, 16, is the reigning Riversdale Cup champion and she dominated the girls' event in winning by four shots from Emily Martin of Queensland.
It was her second consecutive Victorian Junior Amateur.
The teenager, who plays out of Metropolitan, is playing under the Malaysian banner but is awaiting citizenship papers. She intends competing in the Players Series alongside the men at Rosebud later this month.
Martin had to be content with winning the girls' net trophy, while the under 16 girls' victory went to Queenslander Sarah Hammett, who led the tournament at the halfway point. The under 14 title was won by Keysborough's Sophie Mann.
The boys' under 14 title was taken by Huntingdale's Rupert Toomey. The boys' net title went to Sandhurst's Roi Fortinez, whose remarkable 14-under par total included a net 62 in the second round.
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